Nokia announces Lumia 1020: a Windows Phone with 41-megapixel camera

lumia 1020Despite its troubled condition, Nokia is developing a number of products that set it apart from other smartphone manufacturers. Today, the company announced a new Windows Phone device called the Lumia 1020 that has a 41MP camera sensor on board which could take mobile photography to an all new level.

Nokia already had a similar phone with a 41MP sensor called the PureView 808, but it was based on Symbian, which is why it didn’t take off. Here’s what Nokia has packed into the Windows Phone variant of the PureView:

  • 41-megapixel Pureview sensor
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 6-lens Zeiss optics
  • 1080p video with 4x zoom, 720p video with 6x zoom
  • Xenon flash
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • 4.5-inch 334ppi AMOLED display
  • 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Wireless charging
  • 10.4 mm thick and weighs 158g
  • $299.99 on AT&T with a two-year contract

The key advantage of having a camera sensor capable of shooting still images at a resolution as high as 38 megapixels is the ability to zoom or crop after taking a shot and not ending up with an image that looks terrible. Additionally, Nokia uses an imaging technique known as “oversampling” that captures a lot more pixels than needed, and then combines them to produce a picture that looks much better than other cameras.

The company has also released a Pro Camera app and an SDK for developers to take advantage of the 41MP camera sensor in the device. Nokia’s bundling a leather wrist strap with each Lumia 1020, and is also selling a Camera grip case that adds extra battery to the device along with a shutter button and a tripod mount.

lumia 1020 accessory

For more details about the phone, head to Nokia’s Lumia 1020 webpage. Here’s a detailed hands-on with the device:

Here’s Nokia’s ad for the Lumia 1020:

Samsung launched the S4 Zoom last month and now Nokia has launched Lumia 1020 with a 41MP camera, do you think Apple should also launch a version of the iPhone for the “Pro” photographer?

See also: iPhone 5S may feature a slow-motion camera

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  • Helios

    Why should a Pro photographer need something like this 41MP camera? They would just use a DSLR, which normally does not have as much as 41MP, but produces much better images. Apple would not do something absurd like that. Nokia is failing so they are betting on the “camera feature” of a smartphone, but they forget that a smartphone will not be used only for photo taking, but much more than that.

  • grem

    most people that want pictures of that quality would most likely already have a decent camera and 1080p on a screen that size isn’t really worth it

    and at the end of the day its a phone

  • Kiwiholden

    How many pictures can you fit at that size? I would find pictures that large annoying.

    • yis

      it saves the images as high quality 8mp photos

  • imprezionista

    hehe, if you can fit ur dslr to your pocket and stiil ack normal then i woul agree thi phone is next to nothing, otherwise, stfo

  • imprezionista

    you’re talking as if you represents the pro photographers, before you complain, try to know what oversampling means first, so that you would understand the difference between normal 5mp stills and noiseless 5mp the pureview could capture using 38mp sensor.

  • Adrian Lew

    yes its a joke this phone.. the try to market it to creative people but the phone is full of restrictions can’t even send attachments per email :( or safe any files other then photos.. At least the I phone was cool in compare and able to hack it..